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You Gotta Be a Football Hero (1935)

When football star Bluto sweeps Olive Oyl off her feet during a game, Popeye retaliates by joining the opposing team.

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Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
William Costello William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie Gus Wickie ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye and Olive are attending a football game; Bluto's team takes the field, and Olive is swept off her feet, becoming a cheerleader for him. Popeye signs up and becomes quarterback of the opposing team, which is skinny and pathetic looking, compared to Bluto's team of huge bruisers. Things go badly, of course, until Popeye eats his spinach and becomes a whole football team himself, winning both the game and Olive. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1935 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
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Written by Samuel Lerner
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Sea Going Hero In Dry Dock On Grid Iron
5 October 2018 | by redryan64See all my reviews

AS IS THE case in all of the POPEYE Series, this short makes use of a small number of repertory company "players"; having been recruited from the THIMBLE THEATRE/POPEYE Comic Strip. Hence, we find Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and J. Wellington Wimpy (Wimpy for short) assuming different roles in a variety of situations.

AS IS THE norm for these shorts, we find very little to zero in the category of continuity. Normal conditions here are non existent. Most of the scenarios revolve around many a subject that is a far cry from the sea going trade of protagonist Popeye and antagonist Bluto. The one unifying element is a universal employment of the "eternal triangle" and its effect on the three participants.

BEING THAT FOOTBALL was by this time a major force in the American sports diet, it was chosen as the subject. This appears to have no pretense to the Collegiate game, as there is no representation of any fictional college trappings. Not a pennant, marching band nor organized cheering section is depicted. There is an allusion to cheer-leading by a female, namely Olive (who else), which also serves as a catalyst for bringing some variety of sight gags to the screen.

AS FOR THE competing teams, we have Bluto's bunch; being a huge bunch of ruffians like their QB & Captain. Bluto, like Julius Caesar befor him, wears a different colored jersey/tunic to distinguish himself from the "troops."

THE OPPOSITION ON the other hand, is made up of what Bluto calls "runts"; that is smaller or even regular sized guys like our Popeye, who eventually recruit his help in playing the game. (Gee, what a surprise).

WE MUST MAKE mention of some of the original gags that were displayed to good effect here. First off, we are treated to a visual pun in our first long distance and the gradual close-up viewing of the football stadium. These are most often referred to as "bowls", due to their shape and expanding seating areas. So,Director Dave Fleischer gave us a real "bowl" shape here.

AS USUAL THE handy can of spinach saves the day! Now that should be no surprise and definitely wouldn't qualify as a "spoiler."


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